Classes at BCT

As part of our ongoing mission to provide learning opportunities for all experience levels in the performing arts, Bangor Community Theatre is in the process of developing affordable, quality educational programs in various aspects of theatre production.

Stay tuned for more upcoming class offerings!

Recent Offerings:

Directing Class


January-February 2019

Taught by Irene Dennis

(Director of Harvey, The Imaginary Invalid

 Is there a director inside you?  

Have you always wondered, what does a theatre director DO, anyway?


Or maybe you’ve directed a show or two, but would like to polish, improve, and expand on your skills. (Some prior stage experience, in some capacity, is necessary.)


This six-week course will meet on Thursdays from January 3rd through February 7th, 2019 from 6:00-9:00pm.


Topics that will be covered include:


  • Selecting a script

  • Production and rehearsal scheduling

  • Working with designers

  • How to create a positive working environment in the rehearsal room

  • Warm-ups and theatre games

  • What should (and should not) be expected at each phase of the rehearsal process.


Members of the class will act in each others’ scenes, so some basic acting techniques will be covered as well. Our last class will be a “showcase”, i.e. showing of scenes so far, open to friends and family. This is an exciting, affordable opportunity for all local theatre folks!


Course fee: $50.00 

Advance registration is required.

About the Instructor: Irene Dennis is an award-winning actor/director, originally from the Boston area. She studied acting and directing in the professional theatre program at The Boston Conservatory. In MA, she performed at the Lyric Stage of Boston, the Falmouth Playhouse, and other regional theatres, as well as directing multiple award-winning productions in community theatre. Irene also served as an adjudicator for the Eastern Maine Association of Community Theatres in their mentorship program.


Since moving to Bangor almost 20 years ago, she has made a number of appearances in Penobscot Theatre Company productions, as well as having directed shows for Ten Bucks, Bangor Community Theatre, and the University of Maine Summer Theatre Festival. Recently, she has taught acting for both Bangor and Orono Adult Education. For the past seven years, she has facilitated the Bangor Public Library Play Reading Group. She is thrilled to be part of this exciting opportunity.

This class is sponsored in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.   

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